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First Look: Official Images Of Formula 1 Racing Drama 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth

by Edward Davis
August 11, 2012 2:33 PM
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While we've seen paparazzi snaps from the set of Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing drama "Rush" -- or rather, "epic action drama" if you go by the official synopsis -- the film's website has unveiled the first official photos from the film. Written by Peter Morgan ("Hereafter," "The Queen"), "Rush" reteams the "Frost/Nixon" writing directing team for a re-creation of the merciless 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, played by "The Avengers" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" star Chris Hemsworth, and Daniel Brühl, known for his turn in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."

Here's the official synopsis:

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die. 

"Rush" just received its release date yesterday, which is September 20th, 2013. That kicks it out of the 2012 Oscar race, obviously, but places it in contention for a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next year. The picture also co-stars Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Christian McKay and "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer. [via "Rush" official site]

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  • Kim | August 13, 2012 2:23 AMReply

    I had been hearing a lot about this movie and how incredible and inspirational Lauda was/is. I started researching him at work and honestly tears came to my eyes. I kinda' want to get Niki's biography (at amazon for $5.95) and make my patients that talk about pain and how they won't recover from a joint replacement... Just to remind them... I want to do that with "Up" too. This looks interesting. And if anything it will get people talking about going out 6 weeks after a horrible accident and getting back in that car. Amazing.

  • Sito | August 12, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    This film isn't really about F1 racing in all honesty. It's about the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, and essentially James Hunts decline and "wild boy" persona.

  • Mark | August 11, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    @timmaexvx, Everything about your comment is just so horribly wrong.
    F1 is going through one of the most exciting seasons in well over a decade which is generating huge interest in the sport, not to mention the fact that from next year onwards there will be atleast 1 US grand prix which will only add to the enthusiasm for the movie.

    The movie won't be a $100million grosser in America but internationally it will be a huge hit.

    Again it's hillarious that you think an industry that generates over $4 billion a year has no interest.

  • TimmaeXVX | August 11, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    I still don't understand why anyone greenlit this film. Even in europe no one cares about Formula 1 anymore.

    And in Germany and Austria Nikki Lauda is nothing but punch line. He's been a F1 commenter on television for about 10 years and he's an absolute moron. Nobody around here would ever be able to take him serious in this film. Casting Daniel Brühl, the german definition of mediocrity, only makes it worse.

  • got8dollars | August 12, 2012 7:29 AM

    If there is one thing I know about Germans is that they're actually very similar to Americans, with their love for mullets and light beer. I don't know why you're so bitter about f1 but the numbers don't really back up your claim. In Germany, f1 enjoys a viewer-ship of 30.1 million out of the total 600 million global viewers. You may not know or like the sport very much, but many in your country and the world do.

  • TimmaeXVX | August 12, 2012 2:58 AM

    I'm surprised, guys. Didn't think there were such passionate F1 fans reading The Playlist. I'm also as far removed from a redneck as you can get as I neither smoke nor drink, have never actually seen a gun and have watched a total of 5 minutes of Nascar in my entire life. I also live in the middle of germany which isn't really redneck territory as far as I know. But what I know is that F1 was extremely huge around these parts (:D) until the end of the 90s. Since then no one really gives a shit about your stupid sport anymore. And Nikki Lauda still has almost no fans among those who understand what he says. (Man, I'm starting to sound like a troll but that's the reaction als your weird assumptions deserve.)

  • k0d3g3ar | August 11, 2012 10:19 PM

    @timmaexvx has no idea what he/she is talking about. F1 rocks. Nikki Lauda has done more in his life than most of us, has battled adversary and come back. I might not always agree with his views, but I respect them and him for his courage. So timmaexvx, you may as well go back to watchin' your Nascar racin' and chewing tobacco, drinking 'Bud' and polishing your guns.

  • Vlad | August 11, 2012 4:22 PM

    No one cares about F1? Speak for yourself, redneck.

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